Thanks to my brother and sister, I've been able to return home. Last week, I took the Joetsu Shinkansen from Tokyo to Echigo Yuzawa. Like I usually do, I bought a can of beer and some snack at the kiosk before riding it.
Cheeza, which contains 53% cheese, never ever fails to satisfy me.
Spring is late in coming here in Niigata. The cherry trees are yet to bloom.
The next day, he gave us these two presents.
Just put some of it on top of hot rice.
My son's birthday is in April, and we went to our favorite soba restaurant, Tabata-ya.
As usual, my son and wife ordered 3 servings of hegi soba and 1 tempura plate.
Later, my daughter ordered gobo (burdock root) karaage.
It's been a long time since your last post about restaurant food!
Gobo karaage seriously looks tasty,
I ever tasted kinpira gobo once but already forgot how gobo actually taste.
And it just reminds me about gobocha I was ordered few days ago from chashoan, can't wait for the next 1-2 weeks to arrive!
fred: My family eat out only about 2-3 times a year, usually in April (for my son's birthday), September (for my daughter's birthday), and November (my wife's and my birthdays). And, when we eat out, it's usually this soba restraunt, because my son is an absolute lover of the hegi soba served there and insists on going there.
I really can't describe what gobo tastes like, but I can say it's a must in tonjiru (pork miso soup), because it goes very well with pork.
Welcome back home again! I am so glad you got to go out to dinner with your family. The food looks so delicious. Happy birthday to your son!
I read the conversation with Fred. I like gobo, and I think it must be very healthy. To me, gobo has a very earthy flavor. It also has a very firm, crunchy texture, which is very nice. Kinpira gobo is so good. I was eating some just a couple of days ago!
Best wishes from California,
ErinBear: Thank you for your description of gobo. You have described it much better than I have!
I've stayed with my family for ten days, and I have to go back to my parents' house to support them today!
I remember your posts on eGullet about Tabata-ya! How wonderful that your family's still going, and that it's still your son's favorite restaurant. Speaking of your son, what a great surprise! Here in the US, I don't think that many sons who attend college would make the effort to surprise their parents with a visit... :)
I hope you enjoyed your visit back home with your family. Off-topic, but related to the last comment I left you, I found an article in Japanese about the drama and manga Samurai Gourmet/Nobushi no Gurume: http://www.oricon.co.jp/news/2086548/full/
Hun !! Delicia, parabens pro son I have my youngest birthday girl 2 April, 30 years old.
The restaurant photos look so good. Looks like a fantastic day out with family.
Happy birthday to your son 😉
Thanks to everyone for their comments!
Amy: eGullet!? You have a very good memory!!!
My kids birthday also in the beginning of April. The nama nori looks yummy. I think I've seen it in grocery store but not sure what to do with it, now I know. As for the Hegi soba, beside the texture and color does it taste the same as regular soba? Would love to try one day. Fukinoto is a spring specialty in Japan, another food item I like to try.
I had imagined that the Nama Nori would be different from regular nori no tsukudani 海苔の佃煮, but actually, it was no different from regular ones except it was greenish rather than blackish. Hegi soba has the aromatic smell of the seaweed. Fukinoto is bitter, but we just can't do without having it a couple of times when spring comes. Besides, the fukinoto and other edible wild plants in snowy regions are said to be better than those in snowless regions.
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